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An award-winning poet explores the story behind the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, which lasted 8 days and resulted in 38 deaths and almost 500 injuries, through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Original.

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The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots comprising the nation’s Red Summer, has shaped the last century but is not widely discussed. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.

Reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes.

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781608465989
Branch Call Number: 811.6 Ew54o 2019
Characteristics: 74 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 21, 2019

I read this book on the bus. I cried in public. You should read it so you, too, can fall in love with Chicago in the summer of 1919 in all its beauty and treachery.


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